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November 2012 Readers' Diesels

Nine Amazing Homegrown Diesel Trucks

Text By Jason Thompson

THIS Was a $1,200 Truck
Year/Make/Model: 1991 Dodge W250
Owner: Blaine Gordon
Hometown: Ft. Loudon, Pennsylvania
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: K&N
Injection pump: Bosch P7100 (swapped in)
Turbocharger: HX35
Head: Ported and polished with ARP head studs
Exhaust: 6-inch MBRP turbo-back
Transmission: Getrag five-speed manual (swapped in)
Suspension: 6-inch lift
Wheel and tires: 16x10-inch Dick Cepek rims and 35x12.50R16 BFGoodrich Mud Terrains
Fuel economy: 27 mpg
Odometer: 151,597 miles
Other: Blaine says, “I drove this truck from my hometown to attend my first-ever Scheid Diesel Extravaganza. Nearly 100 miles into my trip, the clutch master cylinder went out. I still had another 468 miles to drive to make it to Terre Haute, Indiana. I did it without a clutch and have a $126.50 speeding ticket from the state of Ohio to prove it. The first person I met when I arrived was Dan Scheid himself. He helped me out and gave me the shop’s number. The guys at Scheid had me up and running within the hour. I greatly appreciated it being that far away from home.”

Future Diesel Plans
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-350
Owner: Charlie Krettler
Hometown: Astoria, Oregon
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Air Intake: AFE stage 2
Exhaust: 3½-inch to 4-inch straight pipe with 5-inch MBRP tips
Wheel and Tires: 17x8 ATX rims and 35x12.50R17 Hankook Dynapro M/T
Other: Charlie says, “I also added an all-black leather interior, Protech toolbox and headache rack, a 100-gallon off-road diesel tank, and all the lights on the truck have been converted to LEDs. Future plans include a Cummins engine conversion backed by a ZF six-speed manual transmission.”

Diesel Stacks
Year/Make/Model: 1996 Ford F-250
Owner: Jared Mitchell
Hometown: Warrington, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Air Intake: AFE
Programmer/Chip/Box: TS Six-position
Exhaust: Diamond Eye 3-inch downpipe to 5-inch pipe to 7-inch CAT stack
Transmission: E4OD
Wheel and Tires: 16x7-inch Alcoa rims and 285/75R16 Kelly Safari TSR
Ring and pinion: 4.10
Fuel economy: 14 to 16 mpg
Odometer: 104,000 miles
Other: Jared says, “My truck is old, beat up, and makes a lot of odd noises, but I love it and daily drive it everywhere. I have done everything you can think of that you can do with a truck. From landscaping to drag racing, she has done it all and keeps on going. I try to do all the work on it myself, including a full F-350 suspension swap and the flatbed. My favorite modification is definitely the CAT stack, because nothing beats the whistle and roar of a 7.3L Power Stroke.”

No Trailer Queen
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Ryan Chamberlain
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air Intake: S&B cold-air intake
Programmer/Chip/Box: EFILive DSP5 with tunes from Trent Nell at Extreme Prejudice Racing
Lift Pump: Raptor 100
Exhaust: 4-inch Flo-Pro
Suspension: Rancho RS9000 shocks with tie-rod sleeves and centerlink bracket from All Season Diesel Performance
Wheel and Tires: 18x9-inch Ultra Mavericks
Fuel Economy: 18 to 20 mpg
Odometer: 300,000 miles
Other: Ryan says, “I use the truck for work out in the oil fields of Wyoming. I also use it for drag racing. Its best time so far is 13.25 seconds at 100 mph with a stock turbo, injectors, and a CP3 injection pump. I also use it to sled pull around Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada. The truck put down 502 hp and 983 lb-ft of torque through a stock Allison 1000 transmission on Gillett Diesel’s dyno in Riverton, Utah. This is no trailer queen—it gets driven every day.”

Diesel and Corn
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ben Taiber
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: K&N
Exhaust: 5-inch MBRP turbo-back
Suspension: 2-inch Hell Bent Steal leveling kit
Wheel and Tires: 20x10-inch KMC Rockstar rims and 305/55R20 Nitto Trail Grappler
Other: This truck also has a chrome grille guard, Line-X bedliner, and tinted front windows.

Diesel in the U.S.A.
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Dodge Ram
Owner: Logan Thomas
Hometown: Burlington, Kentucky
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Programmer/Chip/Box: Smarty
Turbocharger: BD Super Bee over S480
Head: O-ringed, 12-valve marine head gasket, and ARP head studs
Injectors: 225 injectors from Diesel Auto Power
Valvetrain: Bill Fletcher camshaft
Transmission: Six-speed manual with dual-disc Valair clutch
Other: Logan says, “I’ve had this truck since I was 16 years old and have never stopped doing stuff to it since the first time I read Diesel Power magazine.”

Year/Make/Model: 1996 Ford F-350
Owner: Taylor Doll
Hometown: Union, Kentucky
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Turbocharger: HX35
Injection pump: ’95 P7100 with Mack plug, 4,000-rpm spring, and Number 0 fuel plate
Injection modifications: 0.093-inch Scheid injector lines
Transmission: Five-speed with South Bend dual-disc clutch
Other: Taylor has had this truck for one year, and it’s his first diesel. The Cummins engine came from a ’92 Dodge Ram.

Year/Make/Model: 2000 Dodge Ram
Owner: Austin Doll
Hometown: Union, Kentucky
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Programmer/Chip/Box: Smarty and Edge
Air intake: Banks Monster Ram
Turbocharger: HX40
Injection pump: Industrial Injection Hot Rod VP44
Injectors: Scheid 150 Lightning
Lift pump: FASS 150-gph pump
Exhaust: ATS three-piece manifold
Transmission: Five-speed manual with South Bend dual-disc clutch
Other: Austin says, “My first truck was an ’83 Ford 6.9L IDI with Banks turbocharger and head studs.

Six-Liter Hauler
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-350
Owner: Colin Kleer
Hometown: Robinson Township, Pennsylvania
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Exhaust: MBRP turbo-back, Liberator EGR delete
Suspension: Front 2-inch leveling kit
Wheels and Tires: 20x8-inch Harley-Davidson rims and 35x12.50R20 Nitto Trail Grappler
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Fuel economy: 16 to 20 mpg
Odometer: 68,000 miles
Other: This truck also has a spray-in bedliner, bedcover, Harley-Davidson headlights, ’11 Super Duty tailgate, 20 percent window tint, Pioneer in-dash touch-screen entertainment system, Rockford amp, and Polk door speakers.

By Jason Thompson
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